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2012 November 26

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What’s Ahead for Oil Furnaces

Some contractors claim they have been converting oil equipment to natural gas at a record pace. But that doesn’t mean oil furnaces will fade from the marketplace, as there are many areas that have limited access to natural gas. In addition, it can be expensive to convert, and new oil furnaces can provide better comfort and higher efficiencies.

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CO2 Use in Supermarkets Grows

One sector where CO2 is making the strongest inroads in the United States is in supermarkets as more stores and refrigeration manufacturers embrace its use. Where are two recent examples that make for good reading?

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Voters Side with Efficient Candidates in Election

Barack Obama has been re-elected president, Republicans have retained control of the House of Representatives, and Democrats continue to rule the Senate. To naysayers, the election may have seemed like one big waste of energy; however, to energy-efficiency advocates, the election may help eliminate a great deal of energy waste.

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Manufacturers: Nov. 26, 2012

Taco announces acquisition; Daikin Industries completes acquisition of Goodman; Nortek appoints vice president and chief supply chain officer; Fieldplace Instruments signs licensing agreement; Spirax Sarco commended by DOE; Uponor North America earns NSF International certification; Trane celebrates anniversary; Victaulic’s Vic-Press system receives award.

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Heatcraft Opens Innovation Center

Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration unveiled its new Innovation Center during a grand opening event attended by a cross section of customers, industry experts, trade media, and local officials.

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Commissioning Proposed

Commissioning for all buildings designed and built under a green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) would become mandatory under a new proposal open for public input.

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OESP Seeks Scholars

The National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP) is accepting applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarship program.

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Wholesalers Recognized

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. acknowledged its top-performing wholesalers for outstanding sales performance in 2012. The awards banquet was held Oct. 29-31 during Emerson’s annual National Wholesaler Conference in Tucson, Ariz.

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Shanghai Show a Hit

The Shanghai International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning concluded its inaugural show, Sept. 26-28, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

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NATE Honors HARDI Members

At the 2012 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) annual conference, four NATE awards were given to HARDI members, recognizing the outstanding efforts of HARDI distributors in promoting technician certification.

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Rotobrush® International LLC: Insulation Blower

The RotoStorm II™ insulation blower can help contractors who offer insulation installation save customers money on their energy bills and take advantage of new homeowner tax credits, said the company. Its two-piece construction offers easy portability and durability.

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Nordyne: Packaged Heat Pumps, Gas Packs

Two NuTone packaged systems — heat pumps and packaged gas/electric models — include all-aluminum microchannel coils for lighter weight, smaller size, better durability, and greater reliability in corrosive environments, said the company.

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U-TECK: Attic Walk-On Boards

Used in pairs, the Attic-Trax™ Walkboards help workers in the construction, HVAC, and electrical industries move safely through an attic space, while preventing ceiling damage and increasing productivity. The boards are constructed from durable, lightweight composites.

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Fieldpiece: Pocket Psychrometer

For HVACR field service, the PRH2 is a psychrometer that measures wet bulb, percent rh, dew point, and dry bulb temperatures, in the convenience of a pocket tool. With the capability to clip into a pocket, the psychrometer can be used for walk-around testing.

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Intertape Polymer Group Inc.: UL/ETL-Certified HVAC Tapes

The company’s full line of UL/ETL-certified HVAC tapes is specifically engineered to meet the most stringent requirements of HVAC engineers and contractors. The company’s line of HVAC tapes includes the newly introduced UL-rated AC50UL cloth duct tape for flexible air ducts and connectors.

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